On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs got the best of the Philadelphia Eagles in a shootout. Unfortunately, the officiating is the topic of conversation again. Not a few days ago, Commissioner Roger Goodell noted that he thought the officiating in the NFL was never better.
Well, late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 57 while the Chiefs were driving in a tied game, the officials decided to make it about themselves when a very questionable holding call against James Bradberry IV was called, giving the Chiefs a first down deep inside the Eagles’ side of the field.
Bradberry himself admits it was holding, but this still picture shows how wishy washy of a call this was. Not only was the grab on his side hardly a grab, but the “holding” did not impede Juju Smith-Schuster from running his route, and the throw by Patrick Mahomes was about 10 yards in front of both players.
This allowed the Chiefs to milk the clock down to under 30 seconds as they then kicked a go-ahead field goal.
The Eagles tried unsuccessfully to mount a walk-off touchdown, and so the game ended.
It was a 38-35 victory for Kansas City, making it their second Super Bowl title in four years. Patrick Mahomes took home the MVP as expected.
It’s unfortunate that the officials had to get involved after a game where the whistle was mostly eaten and they did seem to let the players play. A puzzling call threw Twitter into a frenzy, with many people blaming the officials and noting the obvious questionable call.
The 2022 season is now officially over, and the next big event in the NFL will be the scouting combine and NFL free agency, both being very fun and exciting times of the year. Congratulations to Kansas City on winning another Super Bowl title.